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Touchy Feely (2013)

R | | Drama | 16 May 2014 (UK)
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A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother's floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.

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Lynn Shelton

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Lynn Shelton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Abby
Amber Wolfe Wollam Amber Wolfe Wollam ... Massage Client #1
Josh Pais ... Paul
Ellen Page ... Jenny
Scoot McNairy ... Jesse
Ethel R. Deans Ethel R. Deans ... Mrs. Elvsted
Shannon Kipp ... Susan
Allison Janney ... Bronwyn
Tomo Nakayama Tomo Nakayama ... Henry
Khanh Doan Khanh Doan ... Massage Client #2
Ruth McRee Ruth McRee ... Mrs. Olsen
Ron Livingston ... Adrian
Alycia Delmore ... Ellen
Daniel Malony Daniel Malony ... Bike Shop Co-Worker
Hans Altwies Hans Altwies ... Mr. Frobischer
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A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother's floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.

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Rated R for language, some drug use and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Atingere vindecatoare See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,447, 6 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,022, 13 October 2013
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Color
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Trivia

At one point, Lynn Shelton toyed with the idea that Ron Livingston's character wasn't real, but that idea was scrapped. See more »

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The first section of the end credits appears over a scene of Abby, Jesse, Paul, Jenny and Henry sharing a meal. See more »

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It's never very touching!
3 December 2013 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'TOUCHY FEELY': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Another comedy-drama film about relationships from writer/director Lynn Shelton. Shelton also wrote and directed the 2009' film 'HUMPDAY' and 2011's 'YOUR SISTER'S SISTER' (which was a better movie). One of the stars of 'YOUR SISTER'S SISTER', Rosemarie DeWitt, also stars in this film along with Ellen Page, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney, Tomo Nakayama and Ron Livingston. The movie is about a dentist and his daughter struggling to revive their dental business and the dentist's sister, who's a massage therapist, that suddenly loses her ability to touch another human being (out of fear). It's quirky and oddly funny at times but never very touching or as emotionally moving as it would like to be.

DeWitt plays Abby, a massage therapist who's boyfriend Jesse (McNairy) just asked her to move in with him. This scares her, as her last relationship was a hard breakup, and she starts having panic attacks that prevent her from doing her job. Her brother Paul (Pais) is a very conservative and anal dentist who lives in their parents' old house with his daughter Jenny (Page). Jenny is Paul's assistant at his dental practice, where business has been extremely slow. One day Jenny invites her friend Henry (Tomo Nakayama) in for a free cleaning and when her father heals his long time tooth pains their reputation picks up and so does their business.

The movie is interesting and entertaining enough while you're watching it but once it's over it doesn't really leave you with much to think about. That's good enough for some movies but I think a film like this really wants to accomplish a lot more. The cast is all great (I think DeWitt is gorgeous and I've been a fan of Page ever since 'JUNO') and the characters are likable but I don't think the resolutions to their problems are very satisfactory. It's oddly funny but never hilarious and is frequently on the verge of being emotionally moving but never quite gets there. It all seems just a little too uneventful in the end. Not a bad film but not an especially good one either.

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